Glen Burnie, Md. (WorkersCompensation.com) – A Maryland bowling alley manager is in the hospital after he and one of his employees were attacked by patrons who had been asked to leave for not wearing masks.
Anne Arundel Police Department spokesman Marc Limansky said police responded to a call on Nov. 28 at around 7:15 p.m. for an assault at Bowl America in Glen Burnie. The manager of the store told them that he had been assaulted by a group of male patrons at the bowling alley.
Officers reported that the manager had asked the men to leave the bowling alley because they were refusing to wear face masks, which is not only a safety requirement of the establishment, but also a mandate at the state level.
Once the men were asked to leave, one of them pushed the manager, who then escorted them out of the building. Once outside, one of the men punched the manager. When he fell to the ground, others in the group began to kick and hit him while he was down.
At that point, another employee of the bowling alley came out to help the manager, officers said, and was promptly assaulted by the group.
“The manager ended up having to be hospitalized due to him being knocked down to the ground and punched and kicked by suspects,” Limansky said.
The incident is the latest in a number of assaults across the country where employees have been attacked after asking customers to follow store, county and state regulations.
“If the health department responds and finds an establishment is not in compliance, they are looking at being shut down because of this,” Limansky said.
Less than a month ago in Anne Arundel County, two customers – a man and a woman – attacked two workers at an ice cream store because they were asked to wear masks.
Police arrested Ibukunoluwa Opanuga, 26, of Bowie, and Musaab Abdul Ali, 35, of Washington, D.C. in that attack.
On Nov. 7, police said, Opanuga and Ali entered a Cold Stone Creamery in Edgewater, Md., without wearing face masks. The suspects were asked to put them on by employees in the store. The suspects began to argue with the employees which escalated into an assault.
Limansky said most people are willing to comply with the mask orders.
“We’ve been under this for several months and people have a good understanding. It seems these individuals just didn’t want to comply, and this escalated into an unfortunate situation,” Limansky told WBALTV about the bowling alley incident.